Mediterranean ocean forecasting System (MFS)

This is the electronic report of the MFS state of progress in predictions/simulations/analysis. Every day a new 10 days forecast is released. The analysis are computed once a week and the last seven days of analysis are released. Daily mean maps are an average from 12:00 to 12:00 of the next day.

The model code is NEMO-OPA (Nucleus for European Modelling of the Ocean-Ocean PArallelise) version 3.2 off-line coupled with WAM (Wave Analysis Model). NEMO-OPA has been developed by Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, Laboratoire d’Oceanographie DYnamic et de Climatologie, Paris. A detailed description of the code can be found in Madec et al. (2008). The model is primitive equation in spherical coordinates. NEMO-OPA and WAM has been implemented in the Mediterranean at 1/16° x 1/16° horizontal resolution and 71 unevenly spaced vertical levels (Oddo et al., 2009).

The model covers the entire Mediterranean Sea and also extends into the Atlantic. The model uses vertical partial cells to fit the bottom depth shape. The model is forced by momentum, water and heat fluxes interactively computed by bulk formulae using the 6-h, 0.5° horizontal-resolution operational analyses from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and the model predicted surface temperatures (details of the air-sea physics are in Tonani et al., 2008).

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